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Poster: user unknown Date: Sep 20, 2008 2:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Relationship b/w Hells Angels and Dead

Although Ron McKernan "cultivated" a biker look and lifestyle, I don't think he was a HA patch holder.

As far as the relationship between GD and HA, I think it may have run a little deeper than convience. After all, on 1/1/67 Grateful Dead(and others) played a HA thank you party because the Haight Ashbury community helped to bail "Chocolate George" out of jail. And I believe there was a NY Benefit show to raise bail money for an incarcerated patch holder as well.

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Poster: patourkid Date: Sep 20, 2008 3:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Relationship b/w Hells Angels and Dead

Yeah I think Jerry was cool with them more than anybody else(except maybe Pig). I remember reading somewhere that Bobby REALLY didn't like them being around and complained about it quite frequently. I think they were around more for entertainment than anything...Jerry LOVED freaks and the HA WERE as freaky as it comes. That on top of the fact that they had PILES of speed which you don't read about that often as being a big part of the scene, but it was!!! I think I remember hearing that Parish was given a bike by the Angels (first step to becoming "an affiliate") I may be wrong about that though. And no Pig was DEF not a "full patch" Angel.

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Sep 20, 2008 5:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Relationship b/w Hells Angels and Dead

I believe Pigpen was made an "honorary" Hells Angel by the New York Chapter. The club President would place a bottle on Pigpen's keyboard.
Mickey Hart and Steve Parish both received custom Harley Davidson's from club members as gifts.
On occasion the HAMC provided motorcycle escorts for the band to gigs if they were running late.

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Poster: spacedface Date: Sep 20, 2008 3:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Relationship b/w Hells Angels and Dead

I haven't seen that Hell's Angel movie with Jerry in it for quite awhile. What was the name of it?

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Poster: patourkid Date: Sep 20, 2008 3:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Relationship b/w Hells Angels and Dead

"Hells Angels Forever" was the name of the movie I believe. Had a few big names in it.